About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Why composites?

Composites enable our everyday lives – in transport, energy, healthcare, defence, communications and leisure. Lightweight, strong, durable and adaptable, the unique properties of composites help us to design and make better products with less waste that last longer, helping us to address urgent societal challenges of sustainability and net-zero. Hugely versatile, they will also help engineers unlock the potential of digital manufacturing for greater and faster product innovation.

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Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.

People

Highly motivated and engaged teams

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People

To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.

 

Planet

Leading in sustainability for composites

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Planet

To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • 5G-ENCODE showcases 5G standalone network and use cases at launch event

    5G-ENCODE, a pioneering project that aims to make the benefits of 5G a reality for UK manufacturers, announces that it has hosted the launch of its 5G network at the National Composites Centre (NCC).
  • NCC and Nexam Chemical provide solution for using composites in extreme temperatures

    The National Composites Centre (NCC), in collaboration with Nexam Chemical, has successfully manufactured a composite using a high temperature resin, providing a solution to the challenge of using advanced materials in components that need to withstand extreme temperatures.
  • National Composites Centre announces participation in £9m Quantum Data Centre of the Future Project

    The National Composites Centre (NCC) has announced its participation in the £9m Quantum Data Centre of the Future project, which is led by Orca Computing.
  • Composite materials set to enable the next generation of wind turbines with Joule Challenge project launch

    A flagship £5m, 20-month programme delivered by the NCC and ORE Catapult will set out a detailed roadmap for incorporating radically new composite-based components in the next-generation of offshore wind turbines.
  • New jobs for a green transition

    From figuring out how to insulate old houses well, to designing and building new energy distribution grids – at the “Sustainability solutions – Green Jobs in Engineering and Technology” event, 12 Oct 2021, local engineers discussed the engineering skills needed to address the Climate and Ecological Emergency.

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